Guide Your Contemplation

I detest the idea of trancendental meditation, the idea of clearing your mind or focusing intention on ourselves. I was never comfortable with it, even when I tried it many years ago. Now, in my maturity as a Christian, I detest it. I believe we think way too much about ourselves as it is and that when we empty our mind, any fool can walk in and make a home there. Maybe I am the only one, but if I do not have a focus actively, intentionally on Yahweh, Almighty God, I am easily tempted to dwell on things I should not or even worse, myself. It is much wiser to contemplate God intentionally, to ponder His Word, written and living. We must constantly “take every thought captive” for the sake of Christ we serve and represent. ❤

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Cinderella Quandary Answered

Tonight, God gave me an answer. Most of my life, even the tomboy youth I was, I was fascinated with Cindarella. I have watched (often secretlt) every version out there. To me, it is deeply drawing and very inspiring. I have wondered at my and many, many other people’s fascination with this Cindarella story. Tonight, while watching a garden being built, God gave me the answer to why. The quandary is solved. I will tell you absolutely free of charge. Ready?

Drum roll.

I am and you are Cindarella. I am a broken girl mistreated by the world in need of rescuing and have indeed in the end been rescued by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Think of it. This world shakes us about, it is unfair, we are unappreciated and cast aside so often, even by those who are supposed to love us. And we humbly step out for help and Jesus Christ swoops down and saves us from it all, elevating us from paupers to adopted royalty. He fulfills our needs and lavished rich gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness and self-control. We go from rags to riches, from mistreated to generously blessed, from orphans to family thr moment we are saved by Jesus.

What a revelation! It makes perfect sense. People look for a person or some substance or idol or fantasy to save them but Jesus is the only fulfilling and eternal Savior.

How cool is that?😄❤

Prioritizing Life

I have a lot of responsibility. This is nothing new to me but there are some tricks I have learned in handling them all. I prioritize. It is manageable when you take the time to figure out which tasks get first attention and which can fall through the cracks. At one point, you will have to make that decision and if you have thought it through and decided ahead of time, it is less stressful when it happens.

For instance, first priority to me is what has eternal value or consequences. Therefore, church and devotions and prayer get top billing. If my kids want to talk about the Lord, I drop everything else and have that discussion. Church times are precious and I take my responsibility as curch pianist and ladies’ Sunday School teacher very seriously and prepare and am there on time. I don’t sleep in and miss church ever. Some days I would like to but serving God is more important than my comfort.

Then my kids and husband’s health and well being is next priority because my primary role after being a follower of Jesus Christ is being a wife and mother. I cook for my kids and keep the house clean enough to be healthy, I teach, I assist, I encourage and value them. If they are ill, I nurse them to health and pray with them. I incorporate my first priority into my second, showing them God’s love consistently and teaching when I can.

Then comes everything else. And everything else happens keeping in mind the first two priorities.

The head of everything should be God. This is His rightful place because He made everything and is in charge of our eternity also. And He is amazing and loving and truly good, so that makes it wonderful and everything else easier.

No one is perfect, and I don’t always succeed, but success happens much more often when you have goals correct.❤

Opportunity Missed

So, we did not get the car we were planning to pickup on Wednesday. It was sold out from under us and I am bummed out. But one thing I have learned. God is in control. And He knows infinitely more than we do. Maybe that car would have been bad for us somehow. Maybe it would have required maintenance soon. Maybe we would need the money for something else. Maybe something else but I am certain that God knows best and I trust Him to n provide what we need when we need it. No worries. God is very good and I am thankful!❤

What Color is it Today?

So yesterday was “Black Friday”. What color is it today? I suggest green for freshness and renewal. I never participate in “black Friday” because of three reasons: 1. I don’t have extra money right now and refuse to spend what I don’t have; 2. I hate the hostility inherent in the day and concept; and 3. I refuse to spend my money on demand from pressure and marketing manipulation. So, I do not participate in Black Friday but many do, so a green Saturday in reflection may be just what is needed to heal and calm the soul. God loves calm meditation on Him. And today us a great day to do that. 😄❤

Noticing Little Things

Naturally a big picture person, I see the whole automatically and only very selectively see the details. But when I get out in nature, it is a purposeful act of worship to intentionally see the details, try to notice everything. It is in purpose and requires all my concentration. As such it is like a meditational therapy and also worship. Each detail makes me appreciate God more. Every detail is perfect, pure, beautiful, glorious. And the big picture, that God made it all perfectly in harmony on purpose with love. ❤

The Mind is Where Your Head Is

Warning, in one of those deep but strange points of view. I want to explore the passions of the mind and its amazing variations on a theme. It has been told me that home is where your heart is. Yes, that is lovely but- let me play devil’s advocate for a moment- is it true? Our mind is infinitely more powerful and busy than our heart can ever hope to be. Our heart’s one function is to pump blood through our bodies and that is even an automatic function. Yes, I understand it is a romantic notion contrived to place love and value on home. Got it. However, the mind has the capacity to take us home, to travel, to dream, to focus on individuals and things, to plan, to mourn, to laugh, to entertain, all with or without us doing anything or being anywhere in particular. For instance, there are reports of poor souls who survived horrific conditions of prisoner of war camps who could not leave a cell for years and often were hurt or made unable to move for days or weeks who came out of it with perfected golf games because they played golf and got better in their minds to mentally get them away from the terror and survive. True story. Other similar circumstanced people went crazy, going through the same thing while focusing on the evils of their situation. I move that victories and survival and joy and peace happen in our minds before they ever become reality. I believe we fight massive spiritual battles in our minds, often unknowingly, and we decide to believe what makes sense physically rather than focus on the spiritual that we cannot handle or visualize. Yes, I am really deep here, but let’s keep exploring this rabbit hole for a minute. Maybe our minds are limited on their function to protect us from information we could not handle. Maybe we really do use all of our brain on the subconscious level and then filter out for ourselves what we can handle as human beings. Maybe the Spirit is perceived by our brain to integrate life enhancing characteristics such as love and peace and joy and patience etc. Maybe as we pray more, we unlock some of the covering and the Holy Spirit’s truth really does start to free us from the lies we tell ourselves to self protect. Maybe God’s Truth from the Bible and His creation we learn and study more and more implants spiritual wisdom and expansion of our minds to unlock more doors to our brain we locked up with lies and compromises. Regardless the link between the spirit world and our physical bodies, it remains determinedly that there is one. Moreover, when we exercise our minds with Spiritual training and discipline of prayer and meditation and Bible study and praise and worship, we change our point of view and way of thinking. It broadens our scope and expands and enlightens our thinking to a greater state and much better way of life results. The battles of right and wrong happen first in our minds. This is why we must be so careful what we put in there and what of that we choose to focus our attention. We must try to be purposeful in our thinking and rein in our thoughts. Then we show God greater honor than we show ourselves, which brings us honor also, consequently.